Media Relations

The Office of the President is responsible for the dissemination of Samuel Merritt University news and information. We are responsible for interactions with local, state and national media on topics that range from health sciences education to the University's role in the greater community. Faculty researchers in the key medical fields are available to provide opinion and information for the media. Institutional publications that inform and/or support SMU events or activities are also produced in our office, such as brochures, newsletters, press releases and web-based publications.

Contact Us

Members of the media who would like information about Samuel Merritt University, or would like to interview one of our faculty/staff experts please contact us at:

Office of the President
Justin Berton, Associate Director of Media Relations
450 30th St, Suite 2840
Oakland, CA 94609 
Office: 510.869.6511 ext. 3250

Online Press Kit

Recent press releases:

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Recent Media Mentions:

The Oakland-based Samuel Merritt University is one of the three largest programs for registered nursing students in California and is committed to reducing health disparities by recruiting more students of color. 

Source: KQED News State of Health
Published: Thursday, November 5, 2015

It's still mostly white and female, but recruiters at Samuel Merritt University are looking for diversity.

Source: Oakland Magazine
Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Institutions such as Oakland's Samuel Merritt University top lists when considering students' post-graduation earnings and average annual cost, while Ivy Leagues such as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale perform well when sorted by graduation rate.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Saturday, September 19, 2015

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Members of the media who would like to receive press releases and other news announcements from Samuel Merritt University should send a request to the Office of the President.

To read more about Samuel Merritt University, visit the About SMU page.